Vegetables > Celeriac

How to grow celeriac:

Name
Apium graveolens.

Family
Umbelliferae.

Seeds
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Celeriac is a vegetable grown for its fleshy roots which have a delicious celery flavour. It can be steamed or boiled until tender or grated and used in salad.

Sow celeriac seeds in mid spring in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. Thin out the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and harden them off in a cold frame. Plant the celeriac seedlings out in late spring in a water retentive soil which is rich in organic matter. When planting out make sure that the swelling at the base of the plant is at soil level. Put the small celeriac plants 12 inches apart in rows that are 15 inches apart. Keep well watered if the weather is dry. Mulch with well-rotted manure.

In early autumn draw the soil up around the stems to blanch the celeriac.

The celeriac should be ready in mid to late autumn. Once lifted from the soil they can be stored in a clamp or in boxes of moist peat in a shed which is protected from frost.